Cloudy Day at Camp John Hay

[Photos originally in color - I wasn't that happy so BW it is.]

Soul brother and fellow explorer Ryan (Baguio-raised, Manila-based) was able to spend a few days home in the mountains and on one of those days, we planned on hiking along Camp John Hay's Eco-Trail. We initially wanted to go up Mt. Yangbew but we slept extra late the night before and it would be physically impossible for us to make it at the top in time for sunrise - unless we don't sleep, which would be a bad idea.

We met up in the afternoon, a bit later than planned - we were both aware it rains in the afternoons, so we just hoped for the best.

We walked (and looked at outdoor gear for sale, and man I wanted to start getting stuff) and took photos around CJH first before finally making our way to the trail head.

I joked to Ryan I'll name this set "Spot the Ryan" or "Ryan Doing Things."

The clouds were getting darker by the minute, and around 15 or 20 minutes into the trail it started drizzling. We had to decide: go back or continue, in the hopes that the drizzle would stop? Ryan said we've only just walked a fourth of the trail, and there was nowhere we could take shelter in if ever it starts raining harder.

We decided to head back.

A rare moment: sunlight!

Sorry I cut your feet off, man

Here's mine


the overcast sky, the quietness -- it felt so surreal. more perhaps, if it had been foggy
Ryan being sad.

As we re-emerged at the trail head the rain had stopped, but we consoled ourselves by saying it was getting darker anyway, and the light isn't good for the photos we wanted. So we just walked some more, to creepy, abandoned structures...

...and portalets.

It was a nice day for a walkabout. Ryan said it felt good to take non-work photos, for a change. For me it felt good to just take photos of stuff I find interesting.

Looking forward to the next leisurely walk with my camera/s in tow!

Nikon F80
Lucky 200 film
Camp John Hay
Baguio City

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